Jada Pinkett Smith donated $10,000 to a program benefiting victims and witnesses of crime in Baltimore.
Jada Pinkett Smith donated $10,000 to a program benefiting victims and witnesses of crime in Baltimore. (VALERIE MACON / AFP/Getty Images)

Actress and Baltimore native Jada Pinkett Smith donated $10,000 to the Baltimore state's attorney's office's fund for victims and witnesses of crime.

The office held its inaugural Winter Solstice on Thursday to benefit the Victims Emergency Fund. More than 250 people attended the event, which raised a net $17,639 for the fund.


Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby said in a statement emailed to The Baltimore Sun that her office was extremely grateful to Pinkett Smith.

"It is truly a privilege to see those from our great city continue to give back to the community," Mosby said. "Mrs. Pinkett Smith has made service to people across the country one of her many priorities as a philanthropist, and I am so honored that she looked to my office as an opportunity to help victims and witness of crime in Baltimore City."

The Victims' Emergency Fund, sponsored by Mosby's office, covers the immediate needs of crime victims in the city. Eligible costs include repairing broken windows and locks, replacing stolen medication, cleaning up crime scenes and more, according to the state's attorney's office.

The Winter Solstice was held at Martin's West. The evening included a full-course dinner, open bar, live music and award presentations. The event grossed $31,350 but, after expenses, cleared $17,639.

Pinkett Smith, who did not attend the event, could not be immediately reached Monday for comment.

In 2006, Pinkett Smith donated $1 million for renovation and expansion of her alma mater, Baltimore School for the Arts, which named a theater for her. She also has donated to Associated Black Charities, the James Mosher Little League and the Park Heights Community Health Alliance.

In 2012, she famously sparred with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake over philanthropy. Pinkett Smith wrote to the mayor seeking more humane treatment for elephants in a visiting circus. Rawlings Blake demurred, telling a TV station that Pinkett Smith had not responded when the city sought her help. The actress' team shot back by pointing out instances of her civic involvement.

Pinkett Smith is known for her roles in "Set It Off," "Magic Mike XXL," "The Matrix Reloaded," "The Matrix Revolutions," "A Different World," and most recently the Fox TV show "Gotham." She is married to actor Will Smith.